Monday, August 18, 2014

Mood Monday: Big Fat Loser

Guys I'm such a horrible person...

Long story short: I have a huge project I'm working on, and it's taken up all of my time and energy (Details coming on the look out).  I know I keep saying, "I'm back to blogging!" and then I disappear. So I can't make any promises, because my life is so hectic right now. But I'm trying! I have ideas, I have posts started, I have photos taken, I have unedited videos...I just haven't had the time to put it all together in a way that I am happy with. So thanks for being patient with me and sticking around. It means a lot to me that I do have support from a lot of you out there. I just really feel like a neglectful turd lately. I cannot apologize enough!!

One bit of good news: Last weekend, we went to visit some family in L.A., and I got to take my dad to see Paul McCartney. This is probably the only item that has ever been on my dad's bucket list. So treating him to the concert was a huge blessing, and I feel so lucky to have shared that experience with him. My dad is a HUGE Beatles fan, and has been since they first hit the scene. He grew up in Chile, where he collected all the Beatles records (all the liner notes are in Spanish...he still has them). He dressed like the Beatles. My dad was Beatlemania. When we were kids, we listened to a radio show with him every week called "Breakfast  with the Beatles." On my wedding day, I danced with my dad to a Beatles song called "In My Life." We didn't have the best seats in the house, but neither of us cared. Listening to all of our favorite songs together was one of the highlights of my life. I'll never forget that night!

Sunday, August 3, 2014


I've told you guys before about my great friend Angela (@BeautyNtheGym on Instagram). Not only is she a great friend, but she's an amazing makeup artist. I love seeing her work, and recently, I've been wanting to do a look inspired by her. So when I saw her beautiful orange and yellow look on Instagram, I knew it was my duty to recreate it! The color placement is what most intrigued me, and the fact that I was really into yellow shadow that week. Her under-brow yellow was more of a stripe, and I went for more of a blob. But I was super happy with the end result. I know it's not for everyone, but I was in love & I hope y'all like it too!

  • Crease: Anastasia Beverly Hills Orange Soda and MAC Goldenrod.
  • Lid: Sugarpill Butter Cupcake (yellow) and Flamepoint (orange)
  • Brow Blob (yes, that's a technical term): Butter Cupcake
  • Inner Corner: Butter Cupcake mixed with My Pretty Zombie Miasma.
  • Waterline:  Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black.
  • Lower Lash Line: Butter Cupcake (inner half) Anastasia Beverly Hills Sienna (outer half).
  • Liner: Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner.
  • Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex & Tarte Lights Camera Lashes.
  • Brow:  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony.
  • Lips: MAC Haute Altitude (LE) & Lime Crime Babette.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Buy/Bye: Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation

I've been in full-out USE UP EVERYTHING I HAVE mode lately. There are a couple of things I want to purchase/repurchase from Lush, but to justify buying more stuff, I need to use up what I have. That includes samples. So I started this series, in which I try a sample, and then let you know whether I will be buying it in the future, or waving good-bye forever.

It's been really hard for me to find a foundation I'm 100% happy with. My skin actually seems to repel most foundations, and there are only two I've found that I mostly like: MAC's Studio Fix Fluid, and Kat Von D's Lock-It Fluid.  With both foundations, I've had trouble finding the perfect shade, which is my main complaint. The KVD one lasts longer than MAC, but it's too heavy for every day in my opinion.

I've gotten other foundation samples before, but none of them was worth writing home about. So when I received this Dolce & Gabbana sample, I really didn't even want to try it. BUT I did. For the sake of blog research ;)

The Pros:
  • The coverage: Perfection. It looks like my skin, but better. Full, non-cakey coverage.
  • Lasting power: Looked great all day, even in the heat.
  • The perfect shade: I've never found a foundation that is so close to my own skin tone.

Not too thick, not too thin.

The Cons: 
  • The Price: $67.  Holy crap.
The Verdict:
I would like to say I would never spend that kind of money on foundation. However, it's absolutely THE perfect foundation. I'm really torn on this one. If I happen to receive Sephora gift cards for my birthday (right around the corner, thankfully), or for Christmas...I will probably cave and purchase it. UNLESS, by some miracle, my brain allows me to forget how amazing and perfect and beautiful this foundation is. So I can't say I'll run out and buy this right now...but I definitely can't say bye, either!

This is me wearing the foundation. I was much happier than I look.

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